Graham graduated from Northland College with a B.S. in Biophysical Environmental Studies in 1994 and received her M.A. in Community Development at Goddard College in 1997. She was the Development Director of Headwaters, an environmental organization that encourages just, sustainable communities in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion and neighboring areas. She hopes to assist in creating a Small Woodland Cooperative that would manage lands from many small forest land owners, relieving other environmental organizations of the burden of private forestland management and freeing them to work on regional conservation plans and public land protection.